A scam for Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), free open-source software for video recording and streaming has been circulating around the internet, primarily as an ad on Google Search for ‘OBS’.
The fake scam appears as an ad to download OBS however when clicked will begin to download malware that can compromise a computer.
The official OBS Twitter account has posted a warning for the scam ads stating that they are not produced by them and that you should download OBS from their official website.
⚠️ SCAM ALERT! ⚠️ There are ads on Google that link to a fake version of OBS with malware. Only download OBS from our official site, https://t.co/Z9F2dM5HFM, and never click any ads claiming to be OBS. pic.twitter.com/jUxbWSRXhZ
— OBS (@OBSProject) June 6, 2022
To clarify the URL for the legitimate website is: https://obsproject.com/
The scam uses the URL: obs-studio .com
OBS is a popular software among streamers and professional gamers. The software is also available on Steam. If you wish to buy it, you can safely download it there.
With this scam in mind, it is best to watch out for any OBS advertisements that you see online or over social and be sure to report them to the platform that you are using. In general, it’s good to not click on ads if you aren’t familiar with them and can’t verify their creator.
More scam artists are becoming familiar with using Google ads, social media, and even video games to peddle fake items or malware meaning that netizens have to be more careful well surfing online.